Well.. seems like you learned something important already. Time of day and weather issues are important. I guess I'm not real clear on what your doing. Are you completely dissassembling the hive, shakeing the bees off and scraping each frame? Everyone has different inspection routines, but thats a very deep intrusion and I'm not sure it's necessary each time you inspect. The hive is designed to minimize excess comb, although some colonies are prolific builders and create problems. When I open a hive, I'm looking for overall health. Crowding, brood pattern, eggs, stores, pests and disease. Additionally, if I pull a frame and the queen is on it, I observe her movements, look for eggs and the concentration of eggs. Then carefully replace the frame. Stressing carefully, I don't want to roll her or mash her. If everything looks right, I'm outta there. I enjoy the bees, but want to keep my disruptions to a minimum. All I can guess about the smoker getting your bees angry, was possibly it was a hot smoke. Personally, I try to minimize smoke use, and only use it if I have a major manipulation planned.